CABAA annual golf outing at Kemper Lakes honors the next generation of Chicagoland business aviation professionals
Aug 6th the Mai Tais and mulligans were early and often yesterday at the annual CABAA Golf Classic. 160 golfers, 50 sponsors and 20 volunteers could not have asked for a better day to spend on the course at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer. Another 60 CABAA members joined the fun at an extended networking “19th hole” happy hour and dinner.
As with past years, the major goal of this year’s Golf Classic was to fund the Business Aviation Scholarship. With the support of CABAA members and sponsors, the CABAA Educational Foundation, along with FlightSafety International and CAE Simuflite, raised almost $90,000 for scholarships and jet training opportunities. Over the history of the event, CABAA is closing in on $1,000,000 in aviation scholarship awards.
“This day is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Sandy Frentz of The Duchossois Group. “It is satisfying to know that when we get all of these aviation professionals together at this event, we are doing our part in promoting business aviation by funding some outstanding next generation aviation professionals.”
For some of the serious golfers, it was an opportunity to play the same course that many greats like Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer have, as Kemper Lakes is one of only three Chicagoland golf courses to have hosted a PGA Major Championship. For others, fun games like golf pong at the 1st hole, putting contests with a driver on the 15th tee box, and a chipping contest into the pond at the 18th hole kept the mood light.
“I look forward to this event every year. Not only is it a ton of fun, but it’s amazing how many aviation professionals from Chicago and across the country show up year after year,” said Ray Lang, Director at Chicago Executive Airport. “Especially with the NBAA conference only a few months afterwards, it’s a great opportunity to meet people in a relaxed environment.”
The winning fivesome, with a score of 55, or 17 under par, was led by Brett Forrester of JetSense Aviation, and included Barry Stone, Pat Harvey, Chris Brenner, and Mark Zakula.
Upon completing their rounds, golfers eagerly awaited raffle prize drawings led by Pam Kavanaugh of Signature Flight Support while being thanks by Jim Guerin, Chair of the 2019 CABAA Events Committee. “It is your generosity through the day and the entire year which help financially support the next generation of business aviators and maintenance experts. Thanks to all who make the CABAA Golf Classic a first-class experience.”